Ukraine: Human Trafficking

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to help ensure that vulnerable Ukrainian women and children are not trafficked into (a) sex slavery and (b) domestic servitude in (i) the UAE and (ii) in other countries.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Government is committed to tackling the crime of human trafficking. In Ukraine, as well as other countries currently hosting millions of refugees from Ukraine, we are working closely with delivery partners to protect the most vulnerable from the dangers of modern slavery. The UK has pledged £220 million in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and the region, with a focus on protecting the most vulnerable groups, particularly women and girls. We are providing life-saving assistance, including targeted gender-based violence services, legal support and crisis accommodation to help tackle safeguarding concerns and trafficking risks.

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